Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Rise of the Consumer Movement


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Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Rise of the Consumer Movement

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Psychiatric Times

It is reprinted here with permission.

Ronald Pies, MD

Dr. Pies is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Lecturer on Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine; and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times (2007-2010).


APA Reference
Pies, R. (2016). Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Rise of the Consumer Movement. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 3, 2020, from


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